Undesigned Coincidences and New Testament Reliability

One fascinating line of evidence for the reliability of the Gospels is undesigned coincidences. An undesigned coincidence is a notable connection between two or more accounts or texts that does not seem to have been planned by the individuals giving the account – it is when two or more accounts or texts interlock at a… Continue reading Undesigned Coincidences and New Testament Reliability

Debunking 10 Common Objections to God and Christianity

The Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody god and religion ("Pastafarianism") in skeptical circles Skeptics hurl several objections to God and Christianity. You read and hear of them in social gatherings, on college campuses, on social media and the Internet, and in popular culture (Netflix, Hollywood, comedians, etc.). Skeptics who launch these, however, are not aware… Continue reading Debunking 10 Common Objections to God and Christianity

Christian Religious Experiences: An Evidence Sampler

The Transverberation of St. Teresa of Avila by Bernini A line of historical evidence for Christianity is Christian religious experiences. When it comes to these though, I am not focusing on vague, general, experiences like feelings of love, peace, euphoria, etc. I am talking about experiences that possess explicit Christian elements as well as extraordinary… Continue reading Christian Religious Experiences: An Evidence Sampler

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 2 of 2)

Jesus heals a paralytic at Capernaum (Mk 2:1-12) To return to part one of this series, click here. 1. Introduction In part one of this series, we examined the Gospels and Acts as historical sources about Jesus of Nazareth and the early Church. In particular, we examined multiple factors that influenced the contents of these… Continue reading The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 2 of 2)

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 1 of 2)

Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46-52) 1. Introduction If anyone wants to learn more about Jesus and the early Church, they open up the New Testament -- but how reliable is it? Does it accurately recount Jesus' life and teachings, as well as the history of the early Church? In this two-part series, we will… Continue reading The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 1 of 2)

Responding to the “Colonizer Jesus vs. Historical Jesus” Meme

A week ago, a friend of mine sent me this meme comparing “Colonizer Jesus” and “Historical Jesus” and told me that it was spreading among his friends. After hearing that, I felt like it was worth responding to and decided to write a blog post about it. So here it is! There’s a lot to… Continue reading Responding to the “Colonizer Jesus vs. Historical Jesus” Meme

Stunning: Christian Miraculous Healings

A dive into Christian history reveals a rich miracle tradition. From the ministry of Jesus to the succeeding apostolic age, and down the centuries to the present day, miracles have always been present. They are signs that God is truly with us -- that He loves us, cares about us and is with us always… Continue reading Stunning: Christian Miraculous Healings

Is there any evidence for Jesus’ miracles? Yes, a whole darn lot!

“Even the most skeptical critics cannot deny that the historical Jesus carried out a ministry of miracle-working and exorcism.” - William Lane Craig This may come as a surprise to you but there is a virtual consensus among contemporary scholars, including skeptical scholars, that the historical Jesus was a miracle worker -- particularly, that he… Continue reading Is there any evidence for Jesus’ miracles? Yes, a whole darn lot!

The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection (Part 3 of 3)

The crucifixion of St. Peter under Nero (64 - 68 AD) To return to part 2 of this series, click here. III. Considering The Explanations Having established the historicity of the four events: Jesus’ death by crucifixion, the disciple’s sincere belief in Jesus’ post-mortem appearances, the empty tomb, and the origin of the Christian faith,… Continue reading The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection (Part 3 of 3)

The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection (Part 2 of 3)

To return to part 1 of this series, click here. C.   The empty tomb The third event to be examined in our historical examination is the empty tomb. That Jesus’ tomb was found empty shortly after his death is recognized by the majority of scholars.[55] There are eight arguments supporting this event’s historicity. 1.… Continue reading The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection (Part 2 of 3)